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Dr. Robert Cloud
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Rectal Abscess (Overview)

An infection localized to an area near the opening of anus. The swelling is usually a lump that is tender and warm to the touch. The treatment is to open and drain the boil.


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How fast can I make my rectal abscess go away?

How fast can I make my rectal abscess go away?

Rectal abscess: See a colo-rectal surgeon to determine how involved the abscess is. In addition to antibiotics, it probably will require incision & drainage. Size of the lesion, comorbid factors like diabetes, your general state of health & healing are all factors in how long it will take to go away. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Cloud
30 Doctors shared insights

Rectal Abscess (Overview)

An infection localized to an area near the opening of anus. The swelling is usually a lump that is tender and warm to the touch. The treatment is to open and drain the boil.


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Are there usually many symptoms when you have rectal abscess?

Are there usually many symptoms when you have rectal abscess?

Yes: Pain, possible drainage/discharge, could have fever. I would recommend you are seen by your dr. ...Read more

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Treating a Skin Abscess (Checklist)

Clean the abscess thoroughly
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If the abscess is draining on its own, cover it and regularly change the dressing
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See your doctor if the abscess is not draining or has redness around it
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I have been on medicare because of the uc and rectal abscess and the adverse side effect s. What would be the best treatment for uc flare ups?

Mesalamine: Oral +/- topical Mesalamine therapy would probably be the best. There is a new "safe" oral steroid called uceris which seems very promising too. ...Read more

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Treating a Tooth Abscess (Checklist)

See your dentist as soon as possible
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Have the tooth removed
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Go to the emergency room if swelling hinders breathing
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How fast can I make my rectal abscess go away?

Rectal abscess: See a colo-rectal surgeon to determine how involved the abscess is. In addition to antibiotics, it probably will require incision & drainage. Size of the lesion, comorbid factors like diabetes, your general state of health & healing are all factors in how long it will take to go away. ...Read more

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Do lots of people get rectal abscess, or is it unusual?

Do lots of people get rectal abscess, or is it unusual?

Somewhat: Rectal abscess is not uncommon. Can be associated with conditions such as crohn's colitis and ulcerative colitis. Can be associated with a diabetic condition. Many however do not have a known cause. Antibiotics and sometimes surgery is indicated. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: rectal abscess?

What is the definition or description of: rectal abscess?

Boil around rectum: An infection localized to an area near the opening of anus. The swelling is usually a lump that is tender and warm to the touch. The treatment is to open and drain the boil. ...Read more

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Are there usually many symptoms when you have rectal abscess?

Yes: Pain, possible drainage/discharge, could have fever. I would recommend you are seen by your dr. ...Read more

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Is rectal abscess curable?

Is rectal abscess curable?

Yes but: It requires surgical drainage and local hygiene as well as antibiotics. ...Read more

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Any experience with a peri-rectal abscess recovery?

Any experience with a peri-rectal abscess recovery?

Varies: With the size and location of the abscess from a few days to 14 days and whether it was adequately drianed and whether there is an associated fistula. It definitely needs follow up if not resolved in a reasonable time. ...Read more

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Any experience with draining a peri-rectal abscess?

Perirectal: Abscesses are typically drained by a radiologist under ct guidance. See your doctor first. ...Read more

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I have been on medicare because of the uc and rectal abscess and the adverse side effect s. What would be the best treatment for uc flare ups?

Mesalamine: Oral +/- topical Mesalamine therapy would probably be the best. There is a new "safe" oral steroid called uceris which seems very promising too. ...Read more

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Rectal abscess 3 weeks after groin infection could they be related?

Rectal abscess 3 weeks after groin infection could they be related?

Anything possible: It would be essential to know the entire history, including your underlying medical conditions and what the "groin infection" was. It is conceivable that the rectal condition antedated the groin infection and was its first manifestation. It would also be helpful to have a history of diverticular disease, colitis, sexual preferences and many other factors. ...Read more

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Why would an rectal abscess appear with no other medical problems/4 weeks after drainage of groin abcess much pus?

Why would an rectal abscess appear with no other medical problems/4 weeks after drainage of groin abcess much pus?

May be unrelated: Anorectal suppuration (infection) may lead to groin infections (abscess formation) as lymphatic drainage anal cannal is to groin it is possible an undetected anorectal infection may appear as groin abscess first and later anorectal abscess later. ...Read more

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Hubby has a small peri rectal abscess. It has gone away by itself several times and was drained once over 8 years. Is it ok to just monitor like b4?

Hubby has a small peri rectal abscess. It has gone away by itself several times and was drained once over 8 years. Is it ok to just monitor like b4?

Likely a fistula: Recurrent abscesses in the same position are likely due to a fistula which is a tunnel connecting the anus to the skin. It requires an operation to get it to heal permanently. It will likely continue to repeatedly come back. ...Read more

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My boyfriend was hospitalized in March for a peri rectal abscess and had a WBC count +21000. Now is has been having severe lower back pain that sometimes radiates down his left leg. Could these be related? He had an xray that didn't show anything and he's

My boyfriend was hospitalized in March for a peri rectal abscess and had a WBC count +21000. Now is has been having severe lower back pain that sometimes radiates down his left leg. Could these be related? He had an xray that didn't show anything and he's

Suggestions: If no sign of disc or nerve compression within lumbosacral cistern, consider pyriformis syndrome affecting proximal sciatic nerve at buttock. An EMG study of the sciatic nerve, if done properly, should reveal answers. ...Read more

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A histopathology report shows cryptitis, crypt abscess in rectal biopsy along with duodenal biospy showing lymphocyte infiltrtion with villous atrophy?

A histopathology report shows cryptitis, crypt abscess in rectal biopsy along with duodenal biospy showing lymphocyte infiltrtion with villous atrophy?

Virtual Consult: Hi DrL, Pathology reports for different types of inflammatory bowel diseases can be confusing and intimidating to read and understand. I would be happy to discuss the report and review your slides in a Virtual Consult. ...Read more

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Should my wife have rectal pain after having her temp ileostomy placed for a second time due to two abscesses. Both abscess were at reconnect point.

Should my wife have rectal pain after having her temp ileostomy placed for a second time due to two abscesses. Both abscess were at reconnect point.

May need imaging: To exclude possibility of persistent abscess. Notify your surgeon. Some pain is normal but if not I proving may reflect need for additional treatment. ...Read more

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Saw doctor today about rectal bleeding for 4 months after perianal abscess surgery. Told that body is cleaning itself out - takes time to heal.

Saw doctor today about rectal bleeding for 4 months after perianal abscess surgery. Told that body is cleaning itself out - takes time to heal.

Suggest you see: Another doctor, specifically a colorectal surgeon. You may have a perianal fistula as the underlying cause of the original abscess. If no evidence for source of bleeding on office visit, probably need a colonoscopy. Do not accept your first doctors eplanation. It is just plain hooey. ...Read more

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My boyfriend has diverticulosis without hemmorage. Ct scan and rectal contrast he had done. Just showed bowel thickness. Maybe abscess maybe surgery?

My boyfriend has diverticulosis without hemmorage. Ct scan and rectal contrast he had done. Just showed bowel thickness. Maybe abscess maybe surgery?

Depends on his: Symptoms. If symptoms resolve after treatment with antibiotics, then medical treatment without surgery should be ok. If symptoms recur, or pain, fever, bleeding, or diarrhea, intervene, then surgery might become necessary. Most importantly, make sure that this is not colon cancer. Have him consult with a gi specialist just to be sure. ...Read more

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Friend had ct scan with rectal contrast. Diverticulosis without hemmorage sigmoid mural abscess bowel thickening. Surgery? No symptoms heart patient.

Friend had ct scan with rectal contrast. Diverticulosis without hemmorage sigmoid mural abscess bowel thickening. Surgery? No symptoms heart patient.

Possibly: From what you describe, it sounds like surgery is a good option. If this is the first episode of diverticulitis, then the doctor may give antibiotics a try and determine later if surgery is required. Usually surgery is needed at some point. ...Read more

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Bleeding around the rectal with multiple inflammatory abscesses around it, for a year would indicate what problem?

IBS: You seem to have inflammatory bowel disease. Abscess formation speaks more for crohns disease. You obvioua need a thorough work up to determine the cause and further treatment. Consult a gastroenterologist for help. ...Read more

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My wife had anal abcess the surgeon drained with HPV removed from rectal area that day, the abcess is filled again! Should I be afraid of cancer!

No: This is a sign of a complicated abscess that needs proper drainage or it is a sign of an anal fistula that requires surgery. Either way this needs a formal surgery under anesthesia. ...Read more

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Is it normal to prescribe antibiotics for severe perianal abcess? Gastro ignored husband's pain. Rectal surgeon said severe and operated immediately

Is it normal to prescribe antibiotics for severe perianal abcess? Gastro ignored husband's pain. Rectal surgeon said severe and operated immediately

Yes: Absolutely! If you have a perirectal abscess which is infected and painful, you need antibiotics and drainage in order for it to resolve. ...Read more

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Diagonised with rectal cancer, after ileostomy reversal, frequent bm's, abcess withleakage at the surgery site. Alternatives tocolostomy? Bowel trnspl

Diagonised with rectal cancer, after ileostomy reversal, frequent bm's, abcess withleakage at the surgery site. Alternatives tocolostomy? Bowel trnspl

Insert drain: Ileostomy after rectal cancer is used to protect the rectal resuturing to establish continuity in the bowel. II there is some kind of abscess and leakage it can occur where the ileostomy has been reversed or at the site of the rectal suture line which may not have been ready for closure. Interventional radiology can place a suction drain to the site and left there until everything has healed. ...Read more

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What's the difference between rectal abcess and hemorrhoid in anal area? I have a lump at anus, its very sore and looks bit purple/black at end.

Difference: Hemorrhoids are painful, swollen veins in the lower portion of the rectum or anus. A rectal abscess is an infection and a collection of pus in the area of the anus and rectum. Both can be painful, lead to swelling, redness, etc. So without an exam it tough to say if you have a hemorrhoid, a thrombosed hemorrhoid, or a rectal abscess. Either way. Gt checked as they all need to be treated. Good luck ...Read more

Dr. Theodore Davantzis
2,523 Doctors shared insights

Abscess (Definition)

Occurs when one has an infection in a part of their body, and the infection is being surrounded and fought off by white blood cells, causing a lump of purulent whitish thick material (pus) ...Read more